Average Senior Web Designers in the United States make around $69K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $102K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Web Designers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $102K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Senior Web Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Senior Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,930 - $96,085
(Median)
$50K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,280
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$18.20 - $62.51
(Median)
$18
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,930 - $96,085  
   
Bonus
$488.07 - $10,022  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,362  
Commission
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,610 - $101,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 467
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.20 - $62.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$27.89 - $76.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$488.07 - $10,022  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $6,362  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$49,610 - $101,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

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As Senior Web Designers transition into upper-level roles such as User Experience Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. User Experience Directors earn $131K on average per year. It is quite typical for Senior Web Designers to transition into roles as Creative Directors or User Experience Designers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Flash, JavaScript, Adobe Dreamweaver, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Wordpress, HTML, and Dreamweaver. Skill sets containing Web Design also tend to include User Interface Design and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and User Interface Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $71K. For Senior Web Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. Senior Web Designers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,927

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Senior Web Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Senior Web Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Web Designers in Cincinnati bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 12%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

User Interface Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Dreamweaver
up arrow 2%

Design
0%

National Average
$71,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

Web Design
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up arrow 6%

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Wordpress
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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